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  1. the part of a projecting stone or brick tailed or inserted in a wall.
  2. tailings,
    1. Building Trades.gravel, aggregate, etc., failing to pass through a given screen.
    2. the residue of any product, as in mining; leavings.
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Origin of tailing

First recorded in 1640–50; tail1 + -ing1
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Historical Examples

  • In this case provision should be made for tailings, dams, or slime pits.

    Getting Gold

    J. C. F. Johnson

  • For every reason, the tailings should be kept as low as possible.

  • Refuse material from quartz, hydraulic or other mines is known as tailings.

    The A B C of Mining

    Charles A. Bramble

  • I don't want nothing to work up the tailings of my mine, me!

  • The tailings of a purifier do not usually exceed 10 to 15% of the feed.

British Dictionary definitions for tailings


pl n
  1. waste left over after certain processes, such as from an ore-crushing plant or in milling grain
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  1. the part of a beam, rafter, projecting brick or stone, etc, embedded in a wall
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